Christmas is a tricky time of year for different reasons. Past memories can trigger a good or bad emotional reaction. Or you may not like the seasonal weather. Personally, I must admit to being somewhat sad.
I just don’t feel myself lately. I am not attempting to be funny by writing that. And I am not one to whine on about things but it is true, I actually am not touching myself, for sexual pleasure, as frequently as my normal. Not feeling quite as kinky. But I think this is a symptom of another issue – I am just not feeling very much like me at the moment.
I wake up each morning – now that is a lie, I actually wake up somewhere in the middle of the night, mostly unable to return to sleep. Perhaps then I should rephrase that sentence – each evening I go to bed thinking I will feel more like myself in the morning. Occasionally I catch glimpses but that flash quickly vanishes and I am left feeling a little lost, as if I am searching for something. Searching for me. I feel tearful, sad and a little confused.
One of my children is very similar to me. Each October, as winter approaches, she starts to get slightly anxious and emotional. We always talk about it.
“But darling, this happens every year,” I say.
“Does it? I don’t remember it happening much before,” she replies.
I have a nutritional background so seek out some natural remedies to get her back on an even keel. Periodically, over the following few months, I ask how she is feeling. She generally replies that the treatments are helping.
April arrives and I reiterate the question, and her reply is always,
“What? Oh no I am fine”
That is the status quo until mid-autumn when we once again have the above conversation.
It’s curious that she can’t really recognise how the same mental state appears, at the same time, each year.
I think my problem is akin to hers. For a few months every year I feel a little odd and then have the tenancy to forget it happened, unless I really focus on it. Where I am concerned I know hormonal fluctuations will be adding to my precarious feelings.
It can affect my relationship with my man because I become inconsistent due to my emotional state and this can lead to me exhibiting unpredictable behaviour. More and more we both recognise it though, and therefore can sometimes head off a conflict.
Feeling this way lessens my sex drive but our sexual life is only mildly affected. Because I am a little obsessed with his cock, just a quick feel will tend to turn me on. I think I am ready to get down on my knees and suck it no matter what time of day it is. If I had a penis I am sure I would be playing with it 24/7.
So at this point, the reader is probably shouting at the page – SAD. And this indeed is most likely the cause of my winter instability.
SAD during the Winter
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Symptoms of SAD can include:
a persistent low mood or feeling anxious
a loss of interest in everyday activities that you normally find pleasurable
irritability or moodiness
It is thought that SAD occurs because of reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter autumn and winter days. Lack of sunlight interrupts the part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which can affect the production of certain chemicals such as melatonin (regulates sleep patterns), and serotonin (balances mood). Both of these are involved in your body’s internal clock. When disrupted it can make you feel out of kilter, just not quite yourself. How strongly and in what way these symptoms manifest is down to the individual, but it’s also possible that some people are more vulnerable to SAD as a result of their genes; it appears to run in families. This is clearly the case for my daughter and me.
Take care of yourself
When the pattern of recognition kicks in I usually take a few of the natural remedies that I recommend for my daughter. The best thing would be to go and spend a lengthy amount of time where there are longer daylight hours so your hypothalamus corrects itself. Some winter sun perhaps. But of course, this is not an option for everybody.
A few things that we have found can help are:
Lavender capsules – make sure they are good ones – they usually need to be imported into the country. You can get them from online shops. Lavender helps to calm and relax you.
5HTP – this provides a precursor to serotonin. Your internal clock feels more in balance with higher serotonin levels. Vitamin D has a similar effect. Both can be bought at ordinary health food shops.
Melatonin. This is the sleep chemical so should be taken at night. You can not buy it in this country because of certain old EU regulations. I bought some back from a trip to the USA and really found it helpful. I believe online shops can import it.
For a woman, evening primrose, or sea buckthorn oil are great for helping to level your hormones.
Eat healthily and try and get outdoor exercise during daylight hours.
So if I practice what I preach then hopefully I will be feeling and touching myself again very soon.